There are many great house plants that can greatly improve the look of any home. Some are great for the office, and some live in the bedroom for comfort. However, some are better for both situations.
In addition, there are some plants that grow well together and bring a healthy atmosphere, and others that can be left alone without harming one another. This guide will cover everything from what plants you should avoid, to what plants need special care, to what plants are suitable for every type of home and where to get plants from plant wholesalers.
How Bright is My Home and These Locations?
Now that you have thought about the places in your home where you might be able to keep a plant, take note of how bright they are. Light is essential for indoor plants and one of the main reasons plants can not do well inside homes with artificial light as it’s sole source. Think about what kind of room these locations are in, if they get direct or indirect (shaded) sunlight, this will determine which types of plants will best suit them.
Tips for Buying House Plants
Read Plant Labels
Plant labels are a good place to start, but you shouldn’t get your hopes up too much. Consider what the label says about maintenance and light requirements for your chosen plant before finalizing a purchase decision on that plant’s tag. Some tags might specify “low-maintenance” or “easy care” plants while others will take more effort from you in terms of water, fertilizer and sunlight needs.
Check the Plant
When looking for signs of whether or not a plant is healthy, assess its condition by looking out for any wilting or browning leaves. If things look bad before you go past that point, stay away from it, and find another one instead.
Check the Soil
Most nursery plants will be in a pot that they can stay in for some time, and don’t need to be repotted. But it does pay to check the plant at soil level before you purchase it! If there are lots of visible roots or the plant looks root bound, then it may need to be transplanted into a new pot and soil.
Check for Pests
Some plants may have pests, even if you can’t see them. It’s best to check a plant before bringing it home for yourself and your family to enjoy. Check for any damage such as leaf discolouration or holes, as well as anything small and moving on the plant like webs from pests.
Consider Plant Size
There are pros and cons to buying both small and large plants. You can always lean towards smaller ones because they tend to be cheaper, less risk if something dies, but keep in mind that larger plants often mature faster than smaller ones do – meaning they are more likely able to survive changes in their environment such as environmental conditions or even rookie growers. Smaller plants may carry lower risks of dying compared with bigger/older-sized plant counterparts.
Compare the Plants
If there are multiple plants of the same variety, you can choose your favorite one. Remember that a plant’s height is not always indicative of its health and vigor: take note of how lush or full a plant is, as well as its individual stems or stalks. Some plants may have quirky or unusual shapes which add to the interest in one’s space too.